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Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga 2015 - front.jpg
Overview
Production December 2015–present[1]
Model years 2016–present
Assembly Crewe, England, United Kingdom
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size[2][3] luxury crossover SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Longitudinal F4 layout
Platform Volkswagen Group MLB
Related Audi Q7
Audi Q8
Lamborghini Urus
Porsche Cayenne
Volkswagen Touareg
Powertrain
Engine 6.0 L twin-turbo W12 petrol
4.0 L twin-turbo V8 diesel
4.0 L twin-turbo V8 petrol
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,992 mm (117.8 in)
Length 5,141 mm (202.4 in)
Width 1,998 mm (78.7 in)
Height 1,742 mm (68.6 in)
Kerb weight 2,440 kg (5,379 lb)

The Bentley Bentayga is a front-engine, all-wheel drive, five-door luxury crossover SUV marketed by British car manufacturer Bentley, beginning with model year 2016. Its body is manufactured at the Volkswagen Zwickau-Mosel plant and final assembly is at the company's Crewe factory.

An evolution of the 2012 Bentley EXP 9 F concept car, the production Bentayga debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015 as Bentley's first SUV[4][5] — using unibody construction and full-time all-wheel drive as well as Volkswagen Group's bi-turbo W12 engine and MLB platform, the latter shared with the second-generation Audi Q7 and the third-generation Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q8, and Lamborghini Urus.

Available in seating configurations for four, five or seven, the Bentayga was claimed as SUV, which has highest top speed 187 mph (301 km/h) as well as the most expensive production SUV.

The "Bentayga" name has two origins[6]; one comes from "Roque Bentayga"[7][8], an emblematic highland rock situated in massif central Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands; the other one, comes from a portmanteau of Bentley and Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest.

Development[edit]

Bentley EXP 9 F[edit]

Bentley EXP 9 F concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Bentley's first production SUV was first previewed as the Bentley EXP 9 F concept car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The concept car was based upon the Volkswagen Group MLB platform, powered by a 6.0-litre W12 engine producing 600 hp.[9] The production version was announced in July 2013. The Bentley EXP 9 F's design proved to be controversial, and it received a mixed response from the automobile press. After some criticism for the design of the EXP 9 F, Bentley announced that it would change the styling for the production version of the SUV, the Bentayga.

Bentayga's development[edit]

The initial design of the EXP 9 F was redesigned to achieve "more traditional SUV proportions and less retro surfacing."[10]

Almost four years after the Bentley EXP 9 F concept was unveiled, the Bentayga began production at Bentley's factory in Crewe, England.

Name[edit]

Bentley officially unveiled the name "Bentayga" in January 2015. The name was inspired by the rugged peak of the Roque Bentayga in Gran Canaria[11], the subtropical Canary Island. Bentley also drew inspiration from Taiga, the world’s largest transcontinental snow forest, and is composed of the first four letters of Bentley and an altered spelling of Taiga[12]. Bentayga also means "carried interest" in Swahili.[9]

Engines[edit]

Source: Bentleymedia.com as of Jan 2018

Petrol Engines
Model Year Engine type Power, torque@rpm
W12 2016— 5,950 cc (5.95 L; 363 cu in) W12 twin turbo 608 PS (447 kW; 600 hp)@5000-6000, 900 N⋅m (660 lb⋅ft)@1350–4000
V8 2018— 3,956 cc (3.956 L; 241.4 cu in) V8 twin turbo 550 PS (400 kW; 540 hp)@6000, 770 N⋅m (570 lb⋅ft)@1960–4500
Hybrid 2019— 2,984 cc (2.984 L; 182.1 cu in) PHEV V6 twin turbo 462 PS (340 kW; 456 hp)@6000, 700 N⋅m (520 lb⋅ft)@1100-4500
Diesel Engines
Model Year Engine type Power, torque@rpm
Diesel 2017— 3,956 cc (3.956 L; 241.4 cu in) V8 twin turbo 435 PS (320 kW; 429 hp)@3750-5000, 900 N⋅m (664 lb⋅ft)@1000–3250

Powertrains[edit]

Bentley Bentayga

W12[edit]

The 2016 Bentayga was the first to receive Bentley's new twin-turbo W12 engine. Initially, the W12 was the only engine option for the Bentayga, capable of bypassing 6 cylinders if needed.[13] The 6.0l, twin-turbo will move the Bentayga from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4.0 seconds (0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 4.1 s) all the way up to 187 mph (301 km/h).[14]

Diesel[edit]

Starting in 2017, the Bentayga received an additional powertrain: a diesel V8 derived from the Audi diesel V8. The diesel engine (in production since February 2017) is Bentley's first-ever diesel, and the Bentayga is likely to be the only Bentley offered with a diesel powertrain. A Bentayga Diesel is spotted by either the optional badge on the front wing, or the trapezoid quad exhaust tips. The 4.0l, twin-turbo will move the Bentayga from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4.6 seconds (0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 4.8 s) all the way up to 168 mph (270 km/h).[15]

V8[edit]

Bentayga V8

The Bentayga V8 became available in 2018, with a focus on "Power, luxury, usability and sportiness". The V8 version will have a lower MSRP than the W12. The 4.0l, twin-turbo will move the Bentayga from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4.4 seconds (0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 4.5 s) all the way up to 180 mph (290 km/h).[16]

Hybrid[edit]

Bentayga Hybrid

Bentley has officially confirmed the Bentayga will be Bentley's first production plug-in hybrid using a petrol engine mated to several electric motors and a lithium-ion battery that should deliver around 31 miles of all-electric range.[17][18] As previewed by the Bentley Mulsanne Hybrid concept car, as well as the Bentley EXP 10 Speed Six concept, the plug-in hybrid will likely have copper accents and trim along the veneers in the interior and on the outside of the vehicle; as well as copper-colour contrast stitching in the interior.

Performance[edit]

The W12 Bentayga has a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).[19] The manufacturer self-proclaimed the vehicle to be the world's fastest production SUV in 2016.[20] The Bentley Bentayga can go from 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 4.0 seconds.[21] The Bentayga uses a 48 volt electrical system to control its electrically controlled active anti-roll bar (EWAS), which helps the heavy SUV reduce body roll.[13]

Production[edit]

Originally slated by Volkswagen to be produced at the Volkswagen Bratislava Plant in Slovakia, the factory where all other models based on the platform are produced, an agreement was reached with the British Government for the model to be produced at the Crewe factory.[22] Bentley has invested £800 million in a new facility in Crewe and hired 1,000 new employees to meet the demand for 3,000–4,000 SUVs per year.[23]

Although production of the Bentayga was moved to Crewe, initially production of the Bentayga's body shell remained at the Bratislava facility.[24] Body shell production was moved to Volkswagen's Zwickau-Mosel plant at the end of 2016.

608 "First Edition" units were manufactured upon introduction of the Bentayga, of which 75 were allocated to be sold in the US market.

Bentley's original prediction for 2016 was that 3,500 Bentaygas would be sold. When the entire production volume for the year sold out in advance, production was increased and resulted in 5,586 units being sold[25]. These additional 1,500 units were also reserved by buyers in advance. The Bentayga had an order backlog that stretched into 2017; in some markets, the Bentayga was sold out for the next two years.

The Bentley Bentayga, despite its high price tag, was an unprecedented sales success for Bentley in 2016 and Bentley's most popular model.[25]

Recall

Some seats had not been secured properly during assembly, and Bentley issued a recall for 378 cars in November 2016.[26]

Mulliner[edit]

Mulliner is Bentley's internal customization company, which creates bespoke and limited-edition options and accessories for Bentley vehicles, including the Bentayga. Mulliner is also involved in the extensive amount of customization available in Bentaygas.

A customer who orders the Bentley Bentayga is able to customize the Bentayga to their specifications quite extensively, and buyers can choose custom paint, hide, and carpet colours, and can even create their own custom colours.

Further variants[edit]

Bentley has confirmed that there is a strong possibility that a Supersports version of the Bentayga will be launched within the next few years, which will use the same W12 engine but tuned to deliver even more horsepower and torque, similar to the Continental GT Supersports.

Additionally, a second SUV which will be like a coupé version of the Bentayga, slightly similar to the BMW X6, will be launched in 2018, prior to the launch of the production model of the EXP 10 Six Speed concept. This second SUV will use a body that is derived from the Bentayga, but it will feature more aggressive styling, be more on-road biased, and have a more powerfully-tuned W12 engine.

Marketing[edit]

Soon after it was announced that Bentley had begun developing a production SUV, the company promoted the Bentayga by printing the official URL on the side of the early camouflaged test cars to leverage the press coverage by automotive photographers.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Ramsey, Jonathan (30 November 2015). "First production Bentley Bentayga rolls off the line". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bentley officially chooses Bentayga name for new SUV". Autoblog. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Roque Bentayga (Tejeda) - 2018 All You Need to Know Before You Go (with Photos) - TripAdvisor". TripAdvisor. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  8. ^ Bentley Motors (2016-06-02), Marquetry by Mulliner | Bentley Bentayga, retrieved 2018-08-09 
  9. ^ a b Neil, Dan (12 March 2016). "Off-Road in a Bentley SUV? At Your Own Risk". The Wall Street Journal. p. D12. 
  10. ^ Huntingford, Steve (8 March 2012). "Bentley SUV redesign due". What Car?. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Bentley Motors (2016-06-02), Marquetry by Mulliner | Bentley Bentayga, retrieved 2018-08-09 
  12. ^ Kalogianni, Alexander (12 January 2015). "Limitless Luxury: Bentley Bentayga is the name of the luxury brand's SUV". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "2017 Bentley Bentayga First Drive Review - Motor Trend All Pages". Motor Trend. 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-09-25. 
  14. ^ "Bentley Bentayga - Press Release". Bentley Motors Ltd. Retrieved 14 Jan 2018. 
  15. ^ "Bentley Bentayga Diesel- Press Release". Bentley Motors Ltd. Retrieved 14 Jan 2018. 
  16. ^ "Bentley Bentayga V8 - Press Release". Bentley Motors Ltd. Retrieved 14 Jan 2018. 
  17. ^ "Bentley Unveils Plug-in Hybrid". Pursuing W.O. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Bentley Bentayga SUV to come in hybrid, diesel variants in 2017". Autoblog. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Bentayga: Exploring The Limits Of Performance". Bentley Motors. Retrieved 4 Sep 2015. 
  20. ^ Dematio, Joe (June 2016). "Sandblaster". Road & Track. 67 (9): 83. 
  21. ^ Lee, Kristen (8 September 2015). "2016 Bentley Bentayga: Bentley Creates Its Own Segment, Crowns Itself King". Road and Track. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  22. ^ "Bentley's new luxury car to create 1,000 jobs". BBC News. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Bentley to build SUV in Crewe". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
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  25. ^ a b "VWAG Annual Report 2016". VWAG. Retrieved 6 Oct 2017. 
  26. ^ "Bentley already issues recall for brand new Bentayga SUV". Roadshow. CBS Interactive. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 

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